Overtime and depression – The New York Times looks at the research

16 Feb

The New York Times reported recently on studies indicating that routinely working overtime is associated with a higher risk of depression.

For example, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki collected data on British civil servants for five years and found that those who routinely worked 11 hours a day or more had more than twice the risk of developing depression that those who generally worked eight hours or less.

The research will no doubt resonate with Irish workers, who, in addition to working on diminished teams due to redundancies and hiring freezes, will often feel under pressure to go that extra mile for their employer simply to hold onto their jobs.

Read about the research in The New York Times here

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